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Headlight reflector refurbishing

Posted: Sat 07 Nov, 2015 7:35 am
by mrkozzy
I need to get my w108 headlight assembly reflectors re-silvered. 3 in each side, 6 pieces total.
Mine have slight surface rust issues which will fail a roadworthiness test.
Not chromed. I'm told if they were meant to be chrome then Mercedes would have done that originally.
And chrome is WOW ....like expensive!!!. (Ive been quoted)
Whilst I'm at it, I will get the back reflectors done also.
Now there are companies out there that do this, however, I've never come across one. Probably because I've never needed one before.
Anyone have any contact information in this field? Someone must have already done it surely!
Any state in Oz :sunny: will do as I don't mind posting them if need be.

Re: Headlight reflector refurbishing

Posted: Sat 07 Nov, 2015 8:57 am
by John Green
We have new headamp reflectors for not that crazy a price.

Re: Headlight reflector refurbishing

Posted: Sat 07 Nov, 2015 11:33 am
by CraigB
You could try this guy, Anthony Pearson - i see he is going to Bendigo swap meet (14-15/11) and you could take them and show him, get quote etc. He was my neighbour when i was a teenager and i learnt a lot of my car restoration skills from spending time in he garage watching him restore concourse winning MG's. He has machinery to dismantle and restore headlights. I would have complete confidence in his workmanship, i don't think his prices would be rip off but up to you to decide if you think worth it or going new.

http://www.classicandvintagebulbs.com/index.html

Re: Headlight reflector refurbishing

Posted: Sat 07 Nov, 2015 11:59 pm
by Djenka018
I was told at one of the well known electroplating place in Sydney that the headlight reflector is suppose to be Aluminium plated as, to paraphrase, Chrome cannot achieve as high reflection as Aluminium can.

Re: Headlight reflector refurbishing

Posted: Sun 08 Nov, 2015 1:05 am
by CraigB
i don't know what anthony uses but the ones i saw many years ago looked very bright and not a thick looking coating like chrome. Also i don't know who redid the ones for my 27 whippet but it doesn't look like chrome, they have sat for some time and got a bit discoloured but i used that cotton wadding stuff and that has brought them back pretty well, but its not aimed to be a concourse car or to be driven much at night so i will live with them.

Re: Headlight reflector refurbishing

Posted: Fri 27 Nov, 2015 6:14 pm
by Bartman4800
Why not buy new reflectors here?:

http://www.mbclassics.de/index.php?k=286&lang=eng

Bart